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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Fantasy Calendar

I know it's been awhile. I've been going to this AMAZING teen writers workshop over the past two weeks so I have not found much time for writing on my poor little blog. I'll do a blog post on that after Friday.



Anyway, I thought I would briefly share how I invented a fantasy calendar for a new story I am in the process of outlining.

This story is a crossover fantasy, which is when you have the real world and a fantasy world "meet." Like the Chronicles of Narnia.

I needed to invent a calendar because I needed to work out how the two different worlds worked together time-wise. The two worlds tick along at the same speed (so eighteen years on Earth would be eighteen years in Natura (me tentatively named world)), but Natura has different names and customs when it comes to dates, months, years, etc.



A good place to start would be knowing the history of a real calendar. Now, I don't know much, but I know enough to get me started. There's a lot of history packed into our one little calendar. For instance, the months July and August did not exist until after the reigns of Julius Caesar and Octavius, who decided to name months after themselves. I also know that Benjamin Franklin was the first one to propose a daylight saving time, so that didn't exist until after the seventeen hundreds. I know that B.C. stands for "Before Christ" so all dates before then went from roughly 5,000 B.C.- 1 B.C. A.D. stands for Anno Domini, "In the Year of our Lord" so it goes up from when Jesus was born. Though now it is commonly agreed that Jesus was born in 3 B.C. not 1 B.C. as was originally thought.



So you see? Look how much history I got out of there. And that's just years and months! If we get into day names, we get some Norse mythology in there. Sunday was originally called by the Old English Sunnandæg "Day of the Sun" and Monday was called Mōnandæg which is "Day of the Moon." Tuesday was "Tyr's Day" named after the Norse god of War. Wednesday was "Wodan/Odin's Day" named after the Norse head god. Thursday-Thor's Day, Friday- Frigga/Freya's day, etc.

And THAT is just the English calendar. We could go into the Mayan calendar, the Chinese calendar, the Native American calendar, and many many more. So there is plenty of material out there for you to gather ideas for creating fantasy calendars.

Since the one I am working on is a crossover fantasy, I wanted time and years to be as similar as possible. Whereas with 'Ember Flame' and 'Hail Frost', I never really invented a calendar or year chart or anything. I just didn't need to for the type of story it is.

Anyway, Natura has a 360 day year, and each day has 24 hours in it. They don't have a daylight savings time or anything because they are a very laid-back people and don't care much about having time match up with light. Natura has twelve months. Each month has three weeks and each week is exactly ten days.

Well, that was simple enough. But as I've discovered more about these people, I've noticed they can't STAND numbers and math and time restraints. (Wonder where they got THAT from....) So they do NOT name their years and days "numbers". Where we might say it's "Friday the 1st." Or we might say "I was born 9-8-1980" they won't.

Well that made things a bit confusing. But then I realized that the people of Natura love (surprise!) nature. They love the sky, and they love the world and they love color. They're a very elvish sort of people. So I needed to create a calendar that really emphasized this. But they are also extremely laid-back and not as prone to detail as we are, so their calendar needed some flaws too.

I'll start with the months. Their years begin in the equivalent to March for us. They pair all of their months into four sets depending on the season. There are three in each set. So then they take the color of the season for the set and pair it with a time in the sky to represent the different months in a season. Here is the complete twelve months for Natura and their (roughly) earth equivalent.



Green Night- March
Green Dawn- April
Green Eve- May
Yellow Night- June
Yellow Dawn- July
Yellow Eve- August
Orange Night- September
Orange Dawn- October
Orange Eve- November
Blue Night- December
Blue Dawn- January
Blue Eve- February

Pretty cool. But then I realized I needed a way for them to set dates on a weekly and daily basis. And I could not use numbers. So this is what I did.....

Three weeks in every month were originally based after the lunar calendar, but it soon got off balance over time because they weren't completely accurate, so the weeks are still labeled wrong.

The first week of every month is "Gray" week, which originally represented the time when the moon was changing (crescent-half).

The second week of every month is called "White" week, which originally represented the time when the moon was full.

And the third week of every month is called "Black" week which was when there was a new moon.

Obviously, you can see this did not take long to get off track. First, they did not have a second "Gray" week for when the moon was changing from full to new. (Which is why we have four weeks, by the way) Also, moons don't change in exactly ten days. But like I said, they are laid-back, so they never bothered changing it or making it more accurate.

The days of the week loosely follow the micro-evolution of a flower.

Soil
Seed
Water
Sun
Sprout
Leaf
Stem
Blossom
Petal
Flower.

So if you were to set a date on the fifth day of the week in the second week of summer, you would say "White Sprout, Yellow Night."

But oh, what if you need to name a year?

This stumped me for a bit. I couldn't find anything in the English calendar that inspired me. However, that was not the case for the Chinese calendar....

They have a rotation of twelve years and each year has it's own special animal to represent it. (Year of the Dragon, Year of the Ox, Year of the Tiger, etc.)

So I decided to do the same thing. I gave them a rotation of ten years though, since they already seem to be on a "ten" thing, what with the days and all. Here are their ten years with an earth equivalent next to it.

Rock- 1990
Water- 1991
Tree- 1992
Sky- 1993
Dirt- 1994
Flower- 1995
Time- 1996
Place- 1997
Magic- 1998
Color- 1999

So that works out well, but THEN I wondered what would happen if they needed to refer to a year long before their current decade.

I decided that Natura was ruled by one King. On the first day of every year, the King chooses a color or shade to name the decade. One of the early King's might have named the decade "Blue" so when you needed to refer to a specific year in that specific decade, you might say "Blue Flower" or "Blue Magic."

So there, I had completed my calendar. It's very loose and rather vague, but it's a good thing the people of Natura don't care. In fact, they like it that way.

Building a calendar is kind of time-consuming, but it can be a lot of fun too. It can also help you further build your world! For example...

After finishing the calendar, I started moving on to how names work in this world. And then an idea hit me. The King gets to choose the color, yes. But something told me that the nobility of Natura had more to do with the calendar. I decided that all children of noble birth had to be given names based off of the year they were born in.

The heroine of my novel is the daughter of a noble. She was born in the Pale Sky year, so she had to have a name of something in the sky. Her name is Star. She has an older sister named Lavender. Whereas everyone else in Natura who is not of noble birth has to have a common name. The hero is a ferry-man named Cydian.

So all in all, I think creating a fantasy calendar is worthwhile. It really adds a whole dimension to a story. This blog post might have been boring to everyone but me (and okay, maybe it was was bit too technical), but I certainly hope it helped! :)



P.S. Just watched 'Doomsday' in Doctor Who. I watched it with my two sisters. All three of us were full-out sobbing by the end of it. I hate the Doctor Who writers. Hate, hate, hate em.



P.P.S. My brother roped me into watching Batman Begins with him. Epic! Awesome! Watching The Dark Knight tonight. Lookin' forward to it!



P.P.P.S. FINALLY watched Indiana Jones! Loved em so much!

Monday, July 22, 2013

4-8-15-16-23-42

For those of you who have not seen ABC's hit drama LOST, you probably assume that my title is malfunctioning on your computer. For those who have seen it, they know that I am now possibly going to have seriously good luck, seriously bad luck, a key to stop an underground hatch from imploding, or a nice trip to an insane asylum.

Yes, that first paragraph was simply there to make all non-Losties go bye bye. If you are still here....SPOILERS AHEAD! There. I said it.

Also, I'll be making allusions to some stuff, so if you are under thirteen or so, please go and ask your parent before reading on. Thanks.



Where oh where should I start? I suppose I ought to start with the characters.



The characters are what keeps you watching the show, even during the dreadfully cunfuzzling or boring parts. For the most part, they are strong, intriguing characters with interesting worldviews and back-stories.



(Although how so many peeps with so many bizarre backgrounds made it on that one plane, I'll never know. I guess I can just chop it up to the main excuse the writers use whenever they can't explain something: Because Jacob wanted it that way! Ha!)

I have two main issues that apply to nearly all of the characters. Issue number uno: EVERY female character on the show is sleazy. Every. Single. One. Even the Korean chick with an extremely strict and unforgiving father. Honestly, the least sleazy of all of them is Claire. The unmarried mom. (Don't get me wrong, I love Claire. It's just...well...a tad offensive, me being a female and all....)

Issue number two: I mentioned above how strange it was that so many people with bizarre backgrounds were on that one plane. (an ex-torturer looking for his long lost love, a vengeful conman, a father-exploding murderer, an insecure control freak doctor, a heroine addicted ex-rockstar, a police officer turned murderer turned bodyguard, a lottery-winning unlucky dude....) But I am also incredibly shocked at just how many idiots made it onto that plane too. The characters could just be so incredibly stupid sometimes! I mean, I get characters making mistakes and sometimes not being intelligent, but I'm serious y'all, some of this stupidity was just flat out...stupid.

*sigh* Okay, let's try to be a little more positive, shall we?

My Favorite Character

Desmond Hume

(Before I get serious, can we please all just take a minute to bask in the glory that is Desmond's hair? And his accent? I'm just sayin....)

Desmond Hume! Oh, how I love Desmond. The one character on the show that I NEVER thought was stupid, I ALWAYS liked, and was just a great guy. (Had to add that last part in cuz I'm kinda a Benjamin Linus fan...lol...) Desmond's character arc was so spectacular, how he turned from a cowardly, average man to a truly brave hero. I loved his undying dedication to find Penny, but I also loved how he was unwilling to do anything wrong to find her.  Desmond is one of two characters to actually get me to cry while watching the show. (Charlie is the other. WAHHHHH!)

I also love Desmond's catchphrase: "See you in another life, brother." It always kind of intrigued me and I have thought a lot about it. There's something fairly Christian about it, which would make sense, Desmond being an ex-monk and all. But there's also something wild and mysterious in the phrase. Something harsh and almost bitter. I've also noticed that nearly every time Desmond says it, he has changed drastically by the next time he sees the character he said it too. I don't know if that made any sense, but here are some examples:

When Desmond and Jack first meet when exercising, Desmond is hopeful and determined. He is about to go on that "around the world" race thing, and he is absolutely determined to win it and gain Widmore's approval. He's even hopeful enough to give poor, confused, misguided Jack a little pep talk. He ends the conversation with "See you in another life, brother."

The next time he sees Jack, he's been living in a hatch on an island pressing a button once every 108 minutes. He's frustrated, depressed, and a little bit crazy. However, he is still hopeful as he leaves Jack with the hatch and another "see you in another life."

The NEXT time Jack and Desmond meet, Desmond is drunk and hopeless because he realized that a current will keep him from ever leaving the island. He's trapped.

You see what I mean? It's almost like a prophecy of some sort.

So yes, that is pretty much why I love Desmond. He truly is the only heroic character on the show. Well, him and Charlie. And Hurley.

....

Did anybody else almost start crying when you found out Desmond named his kid "Charlie?"

....

*whimpers*

....

Moving on....

My Least Favorite Character

Juliet Burke.

(And yes, I went out of my way to find an unflattering picture of her with a goofy expression and a jumpsuit. Cuz I'm just that mature.)

I'll be honest, it's probably not entirely Juliet's fault that I can't stand the sight of her. Just look at it from my perspective.

I had spent over two seasons of Lost being forced to fast-forward countless "scenes" because all of the females on the island were inappropriate. None of the females ever did anything useful to the plot....ever.  I could not relate or sympathize with any of the women on the show because none of them felt real to me. (Keep in mind Penny had not shown up yet...and okay, yeah, I like Claire. But for the sake of my being an over-dramatic teenager, I'm going to proceed in using the universal forms when referring to female characters. Okay? Okay.)

Well then season three rolls along. The very first scene of the very first episode introduces you to Juliet. And heck, she seems kinda likable. She's living in a house by herself (shockers!) and she's funny when she burns her muffins and oh! she's having a book club meeting! She even has a pretty cool snarky line. And all this in the first two minutes of meeting her! Could it be that the writers finally managed to write a realistic female? Will we finally have a role model to all of the other poor lost gals on the show? Has a girl finally come to Lost that will actually help MOVE THE PLOT ALONG?

Do elephants sprout wings and fly to Antartica whenever they want a slushie?

Juliet turned out to be just as bad as the rest of the women. And worse, she had NO personality, NO change in expression, NO compelling backstory (heck, at least Kate blew up her dad. That's kinda...interesting), NO character arc, NO admirable traits, and NO POINT.

She was a plot character. A plot character is a character a writer invents simply to move the story along. They (should) appear briefly and then disappear as soon as their task is finished. Juliet was used to manipulate Jack in the third season. (Although the Others seriously outdid themselves there. Jack is so...Jack, I'm pretty sure he could be manipulated by a brick wall.) She should have gotten killed off, at most, by the end of the third season. Instead, the writers drag it out and try to make her death some big emotional deal at the end of season five.

You need proof? Fine.

The Kate/Sawyer relationship took THREE seasons to finally happen. Obviously, the audience wanted it to happen, so the writers dragged it out as long as they could. And then once it did happen, the writers stopped it again, adding more drama. This is good (though infuriating when it comes to Rumple and Belle) writing. This type of drama occurs when there are two main and likable characters that the audience "ships." THREE SEASONS.

Juliet and Sawyer? ONE EPISODE. And you don't even really get to see the romance. You just suddenly discover that "oh hey, Juliet and Sawyer are living together now. Big whoop." ONE EPISODE.

Quick writing lesson: A sure sign that you have a "plot" character is when you have to ask the question, "What do I do with so-and-so?" When you ask "What do I do with...", you better quickly find a way to remove or obliterate said character. They are a plot character and will simply be a drag on your plot. Trust me, I know. Main character should know what they need to do, and as an extension, you will know. You don't need to ask "what do I do" with them. When a character doesn't know and you don't know...get rid of em.

"Hey, uhh...so we got Daniel back in England and we got Miles and Sawyer working important jobs as security. What do we do with Juliet?"
"Uhhh....could we send her back with Daniel? Leave her over there?"
"Well...we've uhh...kinda got her here and there are some idiot consum...I mean dedicated viewers who actually like her. We can't really get rid of her now."
"Uhhh..."
"Uhhhh...."
"Hey! I know! Sawyer likes girls! Let's put her with Sawyer!"
"Oh, good idea!"
"Yeah, that's awesome! We'll blow a hole in the "Skate" ship, get to do more pointless filler "scenes", the audience will never see it coming, and we have a perfectly realistic reason for Sawyer to suddenly become a passive robot and never think an original thought for himself ever again! I love it!"

Ahem.

Sorry...didn't mean to rant. Can you tell I just love Juliet?

Favorite Scenes

Hmm...my favorite intense scene was probably one a bit after Shannon died. Sayid is interrogating Benjamin Linus, who is pretending to be a balloonist whose wife died on the island. Sayid asks him how many shovelfuls the grave was. Benjamin stammers out an answer, and in a fit of rage, Sayid begins beating him mercilessly. He shouts at him; "No! You would remember! You would remember every shovelful, every ache, ever breath! You would remember!"

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Like I said, intense.

My favorite sad scene was probably when Charlie died. *sobs*

My favorite happy scene was probably when Hurley gets that van to start working.

(I love Hurley. Don't you just wanna hug Hurley? He's like a teddy bear!)

My favorite romantic scene was probably "peanut butter" between Claire and Charlie. ^_^

You're welcome.

I suppose I ought to move on to the plot now.

Confusing. Awesome. Confusing. Awesome. LOVED the ending.

Yes. You heard me. I LOVED the ending.

Be happy to talk about it in the comments if anyone feels so inclined. Also, I've been doing a LOT of reading and research on some of the unanswered questions, so I think the show did satisfactorily wrap up. (I know what the numbers are! I know why the Dharma initiative came to the island! Hehehehe....) If you have any questions, ask in the comments and I'll do my best to find you an answer...and give my theories as well! :)

Well, that is the end of this rather long and ranting review.

Overall? It was good. Entertaining. Fun, if you can ignore the irritating parts. The acting was excellent. The scenes were excellent. The characters were fun to hang with for awhile. The plot was interesting.

But I seriously like Once Upon a Time better.

Please don't take this as me being a feminist, but the show was written by men, for men. And there is really no problem with that. But I think the show might have been better if they had a more well-rounded gender target. Or at least more female writers.

I also think after the first episode Jack should have become inexplicably mute and stayed that way until the series finale.

But that's just my opinion! :P

Oh yeah...and for your enjoyment...



See you in another life, brothers and sisters!

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Of Monsters and Minions

Today is a double review of both Monsters University and Despicable Me 2!

These reviews don't contain any spoilers! :) Yay me!



Despicable Me 2 was MUCH better than I expected it to be. Despicable Me was amazing and wonderful...but it was also a surprise box office hit. They ended it so well that I did not think there would be a sequel. When I first heard DM2 was coming out, I was kinda scared because I was afraid they were just trying to do a repeat of the first one to get a repeat of the box office money.

Well, DM2 is currently getting that repeat of the box office money, but it absolutely deserves it. There is just as much sweetness and heart as the first one, and just as much laughter and excitement. The writers of DM and DM2 are excellent at creating moments where you are not sure if you want to smile or cry.

The themes are just as deep as they were for the first one. The film touches on the importance of having both a mom and a dad, the pros and cons to dating, and growing up.

All the violence is slapstick and nobody, not even the villain, gets seriously hurt. A steroid-like serum is injected into different beings, but it is shown in a very negative light. There is some mild toilet humor, but I don't think it is any worse than the first film.



Monsters University. Oh. My. Goodness. Where do I start here?

You should see Monsters Inc. before you see Monsters University, even though MU is a prequel. In my opinion, it adds so much more to MU to see the characters "grown up" in MI first. And watching MU also seems to broaden the scope of the world of MI, and adds a LOT of depth to the various characters.

Anyway, Monsters University is very sweet, sad, heartfelt, and funny all at the same time. Though Despicable Me 2 and Monsters University are marketed to the same age range, I think Monsters University might be a bit too complicated for younger (like, 3 year olds) to grasp. It also focuses less on "defeating the bad guy" than on "discovering who I am." So I guess I'm saying it is more of a character movie than plot movie...so younger kids might be more likely to get bored.

Despite all that, MU is very appropriate content wise for younger kids. Unless the kid is scared of the monsters "scaring" people. Then you probably shouldn't see it. (Yet another reason to watch MI first...the scaring issue is resolved whereas in MU, none of the monsters see anything at all wrong with it. Which is absolutely fine for where characters are, but it would probably be better to see them stop scaring before they start scaring.)

The little violence that exists is very light. (Running from a squid/slug-like librarian, escaping a burning door, a few punches...etc.) There is no toilet humor that I can remember. There is a "scaring major" monster who flunked out who now pursues "New Age Philosophy." (The movie proceeds to make fun of him a lot, like having him just randomly stare at butterflies dreamily or cooing over ladybugs. Little kids probably wouldn't get it, but just so y'all know...)

All in all, both movies were fantastic! If you can only pick one to see in theaters however, I would go with Monsters University because the animation and colors were SPECTACULAR. If you're seeing a 3D version, I'd go with Despicable Me 2 though. They had a lot more scenes that would have been cool in 3D than MU.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Been awhile...

Hey peeps, sorry it as been awhile. As I said in my last post, it's been CRAZY busy round here!

So, what am I up to right now? Well...

Currently reading Monster by Frank Peretti. Quite excellent so far.

Just got this super cool new writing space in my room. LOVE it!

Bought meself a new laptop too! (When your laptop breaks down and the backspace button doesn't work and the mouse doesn't work and it takes ten minutes to boot up AND it weighs a thousand pounds to carry ...it's time for a new laptop. Kinda sad though. I wrote my first novel on my old laptop *sniffle*)

Finished writing my first screenplay for a friend. Me and Ruth brainstormed the whole idea. It's pretty cool!

It's summer in the South here y'all! You know what that means....



I wish it meant....



but alas, it does not. Not for me anyway. (LOVE the pocket princesses! Pocket princesses are awesome! Here's one more! XD)



Going to see Despicable Me 2 today. I loved the first one, so I hope this one is good. The trailers have been hilarious.


(THEY LOOK LIKE THEY'RE WEARING DHARMA INITIATIVE JUMPSUITS! mind=blown) (I've been watching wayyy too much Lost...)



Me Grandmother came for a visit! It was awesome seeing her!

I've been spending a lot of time at the pool this summer...way more than I have in past summers. I started to go mostly because I got sick of looking like Frosty the Snowman when I stood next to my sisters...

Anything else? Well...school, hanging with friends, shopping, watching Lost, complaining about school, etc. etc.

Honestly, I don't know why I blogged once last month! Bad blogger moment...bad, bad blogger....

Well, two posts in two days, I say that's pretty good! Hope y'all are doing well, and hope you have a great summer! :)


Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Villains and Postmodernism



Look at the above meme. Funny and true, right?

Ever stopped to wonder why exactly he has fangirls?

He's good looking alright. But I don't think he is the type of handsome that alone makes fangirls. (Like with Thor or Sawyer (from Lost)) Tom Hiddleston is certainly a fantastic actor and that might have something to do with it, but again, I don't think that is enough to create what is now commonly referred to as "Loki's Army." He's a cool character, but so are Nick Fury, Hawkeye, Rhodey, and even the Mandarin (the real one...cough cough) from Iron Man 3. I don't see anyone fangirling over them.

Well, I finally figured it out.

Postmodernism.

Postmodernism is the thought pattern that has pretty much become our society's mantra. Modernism was the thought-pattern during the eighties, when my parents were in school.

Modernism is basically this: If you can't feel it, see it, prove it, hear it, smell it, etc. it doesn't exist. Modernism also puts a heavy basis on success, which is defined as getting rich, getting a nice house, having a good family, and retiring at a decent age. Modernism puts a lot of faith and trust in science, and it helped really propel evolution into popularity and acceptance.

Modernism isn't wholly bad. It's good to be realistic and grounded. It is good to search for evidence. It is good to work hard. My mom says she believes modernism was born out of the disgust her generation had for the baby boomer/hippies.

Postmodernism came into popularity during the nineties and is extremely common now. You basically can't help but have a postmodern mind-set now, And again, not entirely bad. But I'm getting ahead of myself.

Postmodernism doesn't care much for science and hard facts. It agrees with ideas like "It might not be true for you, but it is true for me." and "It might now be right for you, but it is right for me." Postmodernism encourages everyone to be open to new ideas and "walk a mile in someone else's shoes" before you judge them. Postmodernism argues that everyone is basically good and society taints us.

Again, not wholly bad. It is good to try to understand people, and it is (sometimes) good to be open to new ideas.



I got to thinking about doing this post when I was shopping with my mom the other day. We were passing through a backpack aisle, and I saw a little boy's backpack featuring Darth Vadar on the back. The font said "Join the power of the Dark Side." Not that strange, right?

But for some reason, I felt like pointing it out to mom and asking if there were backpacks like that when she was in school. She shook her head and said no, everybody hated Darth Vadar too much to own a backpack or anything that featured him in a non-evil light.

'But Kaycee', you might be saying, 'That was before that horrible prequel trilogy that doesn't deserve to go under the name Star Wars. Now everyone feels bad for Anakin because of that!'

Exactly.

It's postmodernism that prompted George Lucas to show Darth Vadar's "emotionally scarring backstory." (Heinz Doofensmirtz anyone? There's some postmodernism right there.) Frankly, I would have rather they did a trilogy on what happened to Han, Leia, and Luke immediately after the fall of the Empire. I'm sure back in the eighties people would have preferred that as well. However, something in the thoughts and minds of Americans has changed, making us all want to learn about the villain.

In a way, this is good. Writers and screenwriters are delving more into villain backstory and goals to make them more understandable. Understanding the villain's motives is a good thing, but I think sympathizing might not be as healthy.

Villains are villains for a reason. They do bad stuff. They blow up houses, rob people, kill people, and kick puppies. They are bad. And yet, in the past years they have become more and more sympathetic and more and more liked. So much so, to where the "villain" is sometimes the "hero." (I'm looking at you Jack Sparrow!)

Everywhere I look, there are postmodernist villains. Not always bad, but not good either. Anakin, Loki, Benjamin Linus, The Evil Queen, Guy of Gisborne, The Mandarin, etc. Honestly, the best villain I can think of that has come out of recent pop culture is President Snow from the Hunger Games. He was understandable, but you most certainly did not sympathize with him.

After reading through both Ember Flame and Hail Frost, I realize there needs to be a balance. Sicreet in Ember Flame was not sympathetic, but he was also not very realistic. Sure, he was demon possessed the whole time, but even demon possessed peeps are real. Valin in Hail Frost was realistic, understandable, but, in my opinion, very sympathetic. It's a good thing he did not turn out to be the main villain, or it would be entirely postmodernism. (The main villain in Hail Frost is a spoiler...)

I think Christian books need a balance. We need to have understandable and well-written villains, but we also need to keep in mind that they are villains. They represent the dark side of the force. They are bad.

I'll be honest, Loki is my favorite character from The Avengers. I think he is the deepest and most-interesting one.  Tom Hiddleston was phenomenal as Loki. I love it when a villain truly gets involved and drives a story, and I think that is part of the reason The Avengers was so successful. (I may or may not have a slight teen crush on Loki too...but there's my postmodernism getting involved!)

As a consumer/reader/audience I don't think there is anything wrong with sympathizing with a villain. Obviously that is how the writer wanted you to feel. What I do think is wrong are writers who make there heroes into villains. Making heroes that are bad people, but then giving them a worthy excuse/motivation or bad enough backstory to make up for it.



ABC's Lost is filled with this. The entire show is just a huge, jumbled postmodernist mess. It's very entertaining, yes (if you can get over being offended by ALL the females being sleazy...), but you really have to watch it with a discerning eye.

Honestly, the only character that pops immediately into my head as a truly good hero-worthy guy is Desmond Hume. Oh how I love Desmond. Love Sayid too...but there's my postmodernism....

(I'll be doing a longer post on Lost soon...promise!)

All that to say, Christian writers need to pay closer attention to postmodernism and learn the proper way to respond to it. We need to take away the good stuff from postmodernism (understanding motives, learning backstory) and leave the not-so-great stuff (open mind to all ideas, everyone is right in their own way, bad might not be bad to him, blaming bad behavior on someone else like parents/society etc.) I hope this post was helpful!

P.S. Sorry it's been awhile. I'm not dead, I promise! I've just been insanely busy. I got this SUPER awesome writing area in the pink cave (my room) and I'm almost ready to re-upload Ember Flame. The new Ember Flame has some added/changed scenes and dialogue, but it is the same story and nothing vital to the plot or Hail Frost's plot got added. I mostly just de-awkwarded my more romantic (bleh) scenes, changed some descriptions, made dialogue more readable, and fixed formatting/grammar mistakes. I added some foreshadowing too.  I'm super excited!

Been talking to my awesome cover design girl. Her ideas for the Hail Frost cover are AWESOME! XD